If you are thinking of adopting a dog here is some helpful information on the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Known for its friendly manner and the great sense of affection, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier/American Pit Bull Terrier is one of the nicest dogs to live with. It is a medium sized muscular dog with a very distinctive bark. This type of dog loves human company and, contrary to popular belief, its nature will lead it to the avoidance of other dogs rather than confrontation. It will however generally stand up for itself if under attack from another animal.
In American Temperament tests, The Staffordshire Bull Terrier pass rate of 89.6% was higher than many other breeds including the golden retriever and border collie.
Its intelligence and love of activity ensure that this breed of dog is easy to train and quick to learn. It should be socialized well with other animals and has an exceptionally good reputation for living with children.
If you walk into any council pound or rescue center within the United Kingdom, it will probably have far more than its fair share of adult staffs and their crossbreeds. Many of them end up in rescue centers and are put to sleep because of the sheer volume of unwanted staffs looking for homes. Yet, ironically, many newspapers and classified advertising sites boast pages of staff puppies for sale.
Unfortunately, this breed has recently been seen as a status dog in many areas. The Stafford and its crosses are also known for being used in illegal dog fighting activity.
The Dangerous Dogs Act, along with dramatic newspaper articles about Staffordshire Bull Terrier attacks, also affects this breed and its crosses in a negative way.
If you are thinking of adopting a dog and are automatically wary of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier because of a preconception based on an unwarranted reputation, you could be cheating yourself and an innocent dog of a brilliant human/canine relationship. Many people have been converted to becoming admirers of this breed after owning or getting to know a particular dog.
A positive Rescue Experience
Tess rescued Daisy, her Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and tells us her story.
“We had Daisy in 2010. She was about seven and had been used as a breeding dog. Her canine teeth were worn flat as a result (according to the vet) of chewing on the bars of the kennel where she’d been kept. It was love at first sight. Over the years, as she got older, she developed arthritis, so we used to take her to hydrotherapy. She quickly turned into the favorite patient of the lady who ran the pool due to her happy, friendly nature and willingness to please.
My proudest moment was last year when she won the PDSA Facebook pet of the month competition for January.
We lost her in July this year. In the eight years that we had her, she only snapped at another dog once and simply because she was startled”.
Tess has recently adopted another Staffordshire Bull Terrier after the loss of Daisy.
People that are devoted to this breed will generally rescue as many as they can during their lifetime. Yet, with irresponsible and unmonitored breeders bringing more of the dogs into rescue, innocent and unwanted staffs will continue to die on a daily basis.
If you are looking for a dog, and like so many others have concerns about this breed, it is worth looking at some positive press on the Stafford. Speak to owners of the breed and a good rescue center. There are so many positive points to owning a cuddly, personable and humorous Staffordshire Bull Terrier that you could be doing yourself and an unwanted dog a massive injustice by not looking past the reputation to a perfectly behaved dog that would fit nicely into your life.